Water, electrical power, natural gas—if it’s a utility, these managers take care of it. Whether it’s in the public or private sector, utility managers supervise the facilities, plants, and distribution systems that bring the power to the people.
A bachelor’s degree or diploma related to your chosen field: electrical engineering for power utilities, oil and gas engineering for natural gas distribution, and so on. You’ll need to be experienced as a supervisor before moving up, though.
The median annual pay cheque of a utility manager comes in at about $114,000, with broad variation based on the kind of utility.
The government predicts that for managers in manufacturing and utilities, there will be 3,100 new job openings through 2024, with only 2,900 job seekers to fill them. That spells opportunity, but since these are senior positions you’ll need to be able to demonstrate proven experience.
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